Saturday, October 22, 2016

Oct. 22: The Gutter that is the irving press Deepens.

Today, for the third day in a row, the front page headline story is another sensationalist one - and again on the same murder trial. "Deceased victim was stabbed more than  100 times, jury told."  Just the information we need to vote intelligently, to plan for the future, to understand the world around us. And this mindless, useless drivel is characteristic of the whole of the paper.

They have also added yet another think tank without telling us what it is. This is called Cardus Family. And it's a religious, fundamentalist propaganda house. Its general view is that religious fundamentalists should be allowed to force their views on others - but others should not be allowed to force their views on fundamentalists. In other words, they should have the right to force their values on voters. But voters should not have the same right against them. Apparently, we're now going to have this thrust on us, and we aren't going to be told what this propaganda house is really all about - just like The Fraser Institute.

Of course, there are probably advantages that come with Cardus and Fraser. I suspect that irving doesn't have to pay for these columns.

Canada and World is pretty much just Canada - and slim pickings at that. There is no mention that a powerful Russian fleet is on the way to the middle east. But who cares? Right? Nor is there yet any mention that Canada is selling armoured cars to Saudi Arabia to help kill civilians in Yemen. Nor is there any mention that the U.S. openly admits to wanting the government of Syria destroyed - but wants other people, notably ISIS terrorists, to do the destroying.

Today's sermonette on the Faith page is by the best of the regulars who write for it. But, as Christian churches have been doing for 2,000 years, it wiggles away from the point. It says the central point of every belief system in the world is that we should love everyone and help everyone.

As he wrote that, the very Christian U.S., Belgian, British (and Canadian) Christians were busily cutting off food and medical aid to much of the middle east, killing and refugeeing tens of millions. If fact, for the last 2,000 years, Christians have been killing and pillaging each other - and those of other religions. And in every case they have done so with the approval and even the blessings of their churches. George Bush, who killed a million and a half people in Iraq, is a real Hallelujah boy. The message of Cardus is we gotta stop them there transgendered sinners. But we won't mention bombing civilians.

What a pack of hypocrites!

Oh, where's the big story on how Montreal's Bombardier aircraft plant is asking the federal government for a couple of billion dollars? Isn't capitalism the system in which bold entrepreneurs risk their own money, and don't go around begging for handouts like those lazy slobs on UI? I wonder how many people on UI can expect to get 2 billion....
Here is what's happening to wine production as a result of climate change that our oil billionaires tell us isn't happening. And this is just a start. Grapes are not the only crop that is in trouble. One result of this is going to be mass migration - and a very, very messy one. Another result is going to be a general reduction in all crops.
American foreign policy since 2001  (and earlier) has thrown the middle east into a profound instability which is dangerous for us all. It's campaign against Mosul (with Canadian help) will make it even more dangerous.

The purpose of the campaign is not to defeat ISIS. No. The U.S. needs the terrorists of ISIS to destroy Syria. What it now wants is to move ISIS out of Iraq - and into Syria. Will civilians be killed in the process? You bet. Will Russia continue to attack Aleppo? No doubt about it. Will this heighten the possibility of nuclear war? Sure thing.

Will this end the fighting in Iraq? Not at all. The Kurds want a large piece of Iraq. So do the Turks. Expect Iraq to get much worse. Remember Bush strutting on the deck of a carrier to welcome the troops home from Iraq? In fact, that war was not over. It still isn't over. And there is no reason to believe that any of the wars that were begun in 2001 will be over in any foreseeable future.
Is Russia killing Civilians in Aleppo? Yes. Are these war crimes? Almost certainly. Is the U.S. killing civilians in Mosul and in Syria? No  doubt about it. Are these war crimes. Yes.

Here's an example of how tangled violent interference with other countries can get.
And here's a pretty telling attack on The Guardian.

I have noticed more than a few The Guardian offences similar to the one above.
I've just taken a break to look at Haaretz. It's well worth a subscription. It has a fascinating range of articles and, oh, it's honest journalism.
Here's a story about Australia as a puppet nation doomed to fight other peoples' wars. In fact, this is almost  identical to the history of Canada.
Here's a gruesome account. It's not about any  'bad guys' in particular. It's about all of us.
Here's the current issue of Russia today. I see propaganda here in the sense that nothing is ever the fault of Russia. But as I read western papers, I read that nothing is ever our fault. What's the difference?

And, certainly, there's no lying in here. There often is in our daily news media.
Now, here's something that is highly biased. Sometimes, I think it goes overboard. But it does hit on a major issue never touched in our news media -  the profound corruption of American political and economic life up to the highest levels. And the corruption of all our private news media and their billionaire owners.  And the huge danger that places all of us in.
In our news media, we get very little sense of what war means. This might help us to understand.
Here is something that has passed right under the wobbling radar of the irving press. India and Pakistan are playing with war - again. No big deal? Both have nuclear weapons.
Now, here's a real problem for the oil industry. If true and acted on, this means 1. the oil industry, in accepting it, will be admitting it has been lying about climate change. 2. the oil industry could find itself facing competitors in the fuel business.

It's also an interesting test for your local news media. Will they  run this story?
One of the proud boasts I frequently came across in studying Canadian history was that Canada, by its performance in World War One, got the right to declare war on its own. And that's rubbish.

1. Britain agreed to full independence for Canada to get rid of us. It feared a U.S./Canada confrontation that could drag Britain into a war with the U.S. This was a worry the British had felt since the U.S. civil war. They wanted to get rid of Canada.

2. Canada, actually, was never required to go to war when Britain declared war - except in the most technical sense. It was required to go to war - only if Canada itself was invaded. The British put pressure on Canada to fight whenever Britain did when it drew Canada into the Boer War. The did that to establish a precedent because they know war with Germany was on the way.

Canada is now actively at war bombing bombing Iraq. It has played an active role in that war going back to the start. And it has never declared war. It has had naval ships involved from the start. It has special ops troops involved. Canadian aircraft are bombing Mosul. That's a war.

The Canadians are fighting a war without parliament ever voting for it or even discussing it. In other words, we have betrayed what we claimed our soldiers were fighting for in World War 1.   (And we betrayed even more the promises we made in World War 2.)

I must remember that for Nov. 11.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Oct. 21: "Not with a bang, but a whimper"

The lead story in the irving press Canada and World section is that a New Brunswicker is among 4 new members of a (rigged) panel studying an oil pipeline scheme. I rather thought the following story (CBC) was more important. But you'll never see it in the irving press.

Strut  your pride, Canada. Canadian armoured cars will soon be killing children in Yemen thanks to Trudeau's decision to ignore our signing of a treaty that bans us from selling weapons to murderous regimes. the treaty specifically names   Saudi Arabia. (Doesn't Mr. Trudeau;s hair look nice?)
The headline in  the irving press for Oct.20 was "Neighbour tells murder trial she heard banging and screaming". For Oct. 21, it is "Murder trial jury shown dagger, shard of glass, curtain rod".

This is gutter journalism. Cheap and useless information, it appeals only to those who love the thrill of gossip. These headlines (and the rest of paper) tell us that the purpose of the irving press is not to inform but to keep us ignorant and uninformed of what we need to know.  It's called sensationalism.

And it works. New Brunswickers haven't the faintest idea what problems this province faces.

Oh, in Commentary, Oct. 21 has its usual propaganda piece from that billionaire's mouthpiece, the Fraser Institute. Oct. 20 treats us to a group called Cardus which does 'research' to prove that religious schools are superior. (Of course, the irving press doesn't tell us what these outfits are.)
The news on the American election is pretty superficial, too. Of course. Nobody is ready to face the reality of what that means.

We get lots of bilge on how the election of Hillary would be a great advance for women. Right. If she wins, this will inspire other rich women who are well-connected politically and well-funded by big money in oil and banking (mostly male) to run for office, and kill whoever big oil and banking tell them to kill.
Of course, it won't do a hell of a lot for the women who have to sleep on the streets of Los Angeles. Nor will it help all those millions of women who have to work for minimum wages at  places like Walmart. Nor will it help the unmarried or abandoned mothers who raise their children in deep poverty.

We have had national leaders before who were women, from Queen Elizabeth 1 to Mary Queen of Scots to Catherine the great to Margaret Thatcher to the current British p.m. None of them did a thing for women. Nor will Clinton. She knows well who she serves.

Donald Trump, even if he were sane, would be a disaster. As a billionaire, he is an ardent believer in neoliberalism, the right of the wealthy to rule, to avoid taxes, to escape regulation, to prosper by sheer greed. How could a country with so many millions of people produce such a pair as the only serious candidates for the presidency?

That's because of something else the irving press has never told us.

The American political and economic system is rotten to the core. It is corrupt. It is anti-democratic. It is murderous. And it is hopelessly out of control. No matter who wins, we are watching the collapse of American society. The only question remaining is - how many of us it will take with it.

And the answer, as I watch the kiss-ups of Justin Trudeau, is it will take all of us Canadians with it.
And, oh, I agreed with this next one. Canadians have an image of themselves as false as the image Americans have of themselves. And Canadians have routinely shown a political sense just as bad as that of Americans. Of course. Both countries are controlled by billionaires who own media to keep us ignorant, and who buy politicians.

Right now, Trudeau is holding energy board 'consultations' with the public about pipelines - and with implications for fracking. It's pretty clear that these are an attempt to wiggle around those opposed to such development.  (They will certainly not discuss the storm of earthquakes that has hit Oklahoma City since its development of fracking.)

The fossil fuel industry has not the slightest intention, ever, of cutting down to reduce climate change. It has even, with the help of newspapers like the irving press, convinced many people it's not happening. Greed will beat common sense every time.
I'm afraid that, each day, I notice that The Guardian has a little less worth reporting on.
Reuters has reported on a story that the  irving press has not bothered to notice. The Phillipines has placed its future in an alliance with China. The American response is to act suprised, and say that the U.S. and The Phillipines have been close for over a century. In fact, the U.S. conquered The Phillipines in an extraordinarily brutal war, then ruled it with an American military dictator until 1942, then with local puppet dictators from 1945 until recently. This is a huge defection of what had been a major American foothold in Asia.
The wars in the middle east are increasingly bizarre. The U.S. is supposedly attacking ISIS. But it isn't - not usually. In fact, it's supplying ISIS - as is Saudi Arabia. It wants ISIS to defeat Assad in Syria. And it is criticizing the Russians for bombing the city of Aleppo precisely because Russia is bombing the ISIS terrorists.

So why is the U.S. launching the Iraq army to fight ISIS in Mosul?
Well, that's because the U.S. wants itself, not ISIS, to control Iraq. It also wants those ISIS troops in Mosul to join in the fight against Syria. It doesn't want to kill them. It wants to evacuate them to fight in Syria.

It gets even more difficult to follow because the U.S. does not want its own troops fighting on land. Americans get very, very nervous at casualty lists. That's why it's bombing. In these wars,  the air force suffers very, very few casualties. Bombing, of course, kills a lot of civilians. But nobody cares about that.
To make it messier, the Kurds are involved in the Mosul attack because they want a new Kurdistan which will necessarily mean taking territory from Iraq and Turkey. And Turks are involved because they want to squeeze out Kurds, and to take over some of Iraq for Turkey.

I hope that's all perfectly clear. American strategic planning over the last fifteen years has been of a sort the world has rarely seen. It has destroyed the stability of the whole region, and that may never be recovered. And, en passant, it has killed or refugeed over 30 million people (mostly civilians)  - which have carried that destabilization to Europe. And it's all to satisfy oil billionaires.

Oh, and millions of children have effectively been orphaned, and will have little chance for any significant education. But that's their problem.

And that's okay because we all know that burning fossil fuels is good for us.
Here's a story dating back to 2003. It's important because it's the key to all the wars of the last fifteen years.  It's the reason for "American Exceptionalism", the belief that the U.S. has the right ( a right denied to all other nations) to ignore international law, and to kill whoever it wishes to. And it has the right to kill in order to gives the U.S. control of the whole world. (That's not my opinion. That's what the document says. That's what Both Bush and Obama have publicly said. That's what the irving press has never reported.)

Clinton shares this view. That's been obvious in all her years in government. Trump has never explained anything clearly enough to be sure of what his views are - but he would almost certainly follow the same policy. This document is the key to understanding American policy for the last 16 years.
_________________________________________________________________Here's Russia Times, the web site that British and other leaders are trying to destroy because, they say, it's Russian propaganda. well.....

almost all western news is propaganda. In any case, take a look at today's edition of Russia Times. Does that look like lying propaganda to you? In fact, almost all the stories in it have also appeared in the western news media.
Ever read or heard any news stories about the use of torture by Canada's spy agency, CSIS?

Here's a chance to catch up on reality.
Canadians just love Justin Trudeau.  His hair is so nice...... here are some different viewpoints. The one that most interested me is about his pledge to undertake electoral reform. That's an important issue  because we aren't getting election results that reflect public opinion. We also have extremely lax rules on financing which can (and do) produce government as corrupt as those in the U.S.
But Trudeau has decided to drop electoral reform because - well - the public isn't demanding it.

The job of the prime minister is to see our needs, and act on them. It is not to do only what we tell him to do.
On the same issue.
In the greatest theft in world history, the wealthy can escape taxation using tax havens. They can also register their companies as foreign - using countries that have   few or no taxes. Americans want that money paid as taxes. So Clinton is responding with a sweetheart deal.- to get them to pay the money - but at very, very low rates.

Millions of Americans are living in deepening poverty. Universities are so expensive as to be unobtainable for most famjlies. Record numbers are living on the streets. The money hidden overseas amounts to some 23 trillion dollars. That's TRILLION.  But, oh my goodness, we musn't take money from those poor rich people. Professor Saillant of Moncton U. could write a book on the importance of making the rich happy. (He probably will. And Norbert Cunningham will drool over it.)
Funny how our news media missed this story.
Here's an account of the Mosul offensive that you won't find in our private news media. Incidentally, Canadians are doing some of the bombing. Gee. How did the irving press miss that? Of course, our air force would kill only adult male members of ISIS. (It makes them hold up their IDs before bombing them.)
And this is what is happening in Mosul and Aleppo.
Long ago, I promised a list of the sources I have been using. Here it is,  though missing a few I have misplaced. It includes some, , like The Saker, that I use with caution.

The Guardian
Information Clearing House
The Intercept
Countercurrents (English and French)
Russia Today
Media Lens
The Saker (with caution)
 Consortium News
Al Jazeera (with caution. Its formation was excellent - but one sometimes sees the influence of the boss.)
Haaretz - narrow in its coverage, but still the most honest newspaper in the world. Unfortunately, I cannot send it because it will not send stories unless the person I send it to is a subscriber.

And I'm always looking for more sources.

Most discouraging is the Canadian/American ignorance of what fossil fuels are doing. Scientific opinion is close to unanimous on this. Climate change is happening. It is already affecting agriculture in large parts of the world - including California. Storm patterns are changing. The ice caps are melting. Animal and fish populations have been noticeably disturbed.

But a majority of Canadian and Americans don't believe it's happening. They prefer to believe th oil barons  who have no scientific credentials whatever.

'This is the way the world ends.
Not with a bang, but a whimper.'

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Oct. 19: Neoliberalism in action.

The headline story is that a former mayor of Moncton who just gave a speech about the murder of three police officers in this city over two years ago. He had nothing to add to what we already know about it - and have known for two years.
Why is this the front page headline story?

The rest of section A  is the usual potpourri of courtroom chatter, pointless commentaries, free ads for businesses, and the mandatory propaganda  piece from the Fraser Institute.

Meanwhile, Irving is suing Greenpeace because it wants to protect our forests against assaults from the irvings and others. But that didn't make the news.

About a year ago, a report on our treatment of native peoples drew wails of remorse from our leaders, and promises to make good the damage we had done. So far, not a damn thing has been done. On the contrary, our governments are trying to bully and lie native peoples into accepting oil pipelines across their land, and fracking on it.

But we are moving speedily on drying the tears of that nice Mr. Oland who was convicted of murdering his father. He's getting a new trial, and the irving press is all agush.

In other news, a private hospital is suing the Canadian government, saying that medicare is infringing on its RIGHT to make money out of illness. Actually, this is an issue that is behind the reason why New Brunswick has been quietly cutting away at medicare by contracting out some of its work.

If they win, expect a general assault on medicare, one that will deprive most of us of any care at all, but which will return medical care to its proper role of making the rich richer. These people are pretty vile bastards. ( I remember the days when I was a child, and there was  no medicare. I remember people suffering and dying at home as I watched. They couldn't afford private medical care. Tough on them.)

Oh   - another item that didn't make the irving press - the Canadian army, funded by your tax dollars, is testing armoured cars to help out a Canadian company that is building the cars for sale to Saudi Arabia. What's wrong with that?

Canada is not supposed to be selling weapons for Saudi Arabia. We signed an agreement to that effect because Saudi Arabia is a notorious abuser of human rights. But Canada is not only breaking its word by allowing the sales; it is also subidizing the manufacturer by testing the cars at our expense.

And where will they be used? They will be used in Yemen against some of the poorest people  in the world who have been shot, bombed, starved and denied food by Saudi Arabia and the U.S. because -----well, nobody has ever bothered to tell us why. The suffering of that war has fallen on civilians - and deliberately so. This is a repeat of the suffering inflicted on Jews in Hitler's holocaust. ( Yes, I know we're not allowed to compare the holocaust to anything else. so sue me.)
In fact, the rate of civilian murder in the middle east today is rapidly approaching that of the holocaust. And our churches are accepting that as quietly as the Nazi churches accepted Hitler's brutality.

And that bring us to a term we need to understand. Neoliberalism.

Neoliberalism is the economic/political system we now live under. it is based on the idea that corporations, just like private individuals, have human rights. Yes. That's what democracy means to these people. Therefore:

1, Corporations should be free to do whatever they like to our environment, to our forests to our waters, to our soil.
2. Corporations should be free to do whatever they like to people. - pay them starvation wages, ignore their needs, charge them for medical care....
3. It follows that government is bad because it interferes with the human rights of corporations. That's why we have to get rid of it with trade deals that penalize governments for interfering with the right of corporations to make as much as they like any way they like. Neoliberals want to own and control even the courts that will decide their cases But the irving press hasn't noticed that.
The irving press is neoliberal. Read Norbert Cunningham. Notice his contempt for civil servants and for governments. That's a staple of neoliberal thought. The purpose of all human activity is to make profits for the wealthy. Government is not of the people, by the people and for the people. No. And both the Liberals and the Conservatives accept that.

Government is for the corporations. Just leave them alone to do what they want - and blessings will tumble from the sky. You can find that message on almost every page of the irving press.

To the very wealthy, the purpose of a military is to a)make money for the arms industry b)provide killers to murder people and take their land for neoliberal corporations. The purpose of government is to pass laws freeing the wealthy from paying for any of the above, and passing laws that make it possible for the wealthy to avoid paying taxes at all.

And it all runs around disguised as patriotism.

The Christian churches have, as usual, made it a point not to notice any of this, even though it is the final denial of Christian thought. And that is what happened in Germany, too.

Neoliberalism. Remember that word. It is the low point of western civilization - and perhaps the final one. It's not hard to remember. You'll see it reflected in every news medium owned by billionaires in the western world.
Quebec made The Guardian today with its fluttering and quacking about Muslim women who wear the burqa, the veil that covers the face except for the eyes. There really aren't that many of them. And I can recall the day when Quebec nuns wore headcoverings that no-one would dream of demanding they remove.
But Quebec is profoundly racist, always has been. That's true of both French and English. And it's been true for most of the history of every province in this country.

Generally, I found today's The Guardian full of bad news. But none of it with enough explanation to make it useful. And some of it is misleading. The people the Russians are bombing in Aleppo, for example, are referred to as 'rebels'. That's the preferred term in the western press. But large numbers of them are, in fact, jihadists, the people we call terrorists when we pretend we aren't helping them.

The U.S. and Britain are all indignant because they say the Russian bombers are killing civilians. Goodness gracious me. The U.S. and the U.K. would never, ever kill civilians.

So, though the Russians have offered a ceasefire, the U.K. and U.S. have refused to accept it. And where that takes us is anybody's guess. But where it takes us could be nuclear war. That's what the U.S. seems to want. After all, that's what U.S. corporations seem to want - nuclear war against Russia and China. And, gee, corporations have human rights.
The American invasion of Iraq destroyed the conventions that had held that country together. Now, all these years after 'victory', the killing is still going on with the country  increasingly victim to the wars of factions. In reality, the war in Iraq is as long and, probably, as unwinnable as the war on Afghanistan. The U.S. has created one hell of a mess for itself, for the middle east, for the world.
September 2016 was the hottest September on record. The story didn't appear in the irving press, course. Our oil barons prefer to assure us that  none of this is happening  so we can go on happily pumping fossil fueld forever.

Neoliberalism promotes unlimited greed. And unlimited greed creates gross stupidity. But don't expect to read that in the irving press, either.
I shall not be watching tonight's presidential debate.

So far, it's been a disgraceful display by the candidates and by the news media - and by American voters.
And we're being set up. The U.S. wants more war.

These are the people  who denounce  terrorism for a home population that doesn't realize that they are the world's leading terrorists.
When Canadians voted for Trudeau, they voted for a man who has the same bosses harper did. And his policies on major issues are pretty much what Harper's were.
The following is from the Russia Times, a news source that our leaders are telling us is propaganda. So it is. My experience is that it's usually truthful propaganda - which is far superior to the lies for morons we get from the irving press, and even from bigger media outlets.
The following item is from the Boston Globe, by no means a radical newspaper. The US record in The Phillipines, never mentioned in our news media, is quite dreadful. Worse, The Phillipines may not be the only region eager to break out from U.S.control. But not a word about it has appeared in the irving press. (Isn't it terrible the way Russia Today spreads propaganda?)
Who can be surprised?
Trump is an obvious danger. Clinton is not so obvious - but probably even worse.
I have seen no mention in the irving press that Clinton is promising a big tax cut for corporations. But she is. So what the hell is going on here?

Corporations in the western world now have easy access to tax havens. That has given them the power to steal from all of us in what must be the greatest such theft in history. Uncounted billions of dollars, money that is owing to us, goes out of our countries every year.                    That's why millions are hungry or unhoused, uncared for. That's why so much of our taxes goes to paying interest in the debt.

There have been lots of reports on this. So where is the government action?

Where is the press that should be digging into this story?

All other considerations aside, such massive theft means disaster for us all - and not far down the road. Where is the public demand in this nation of wimps? Large numbers, quite likely including you, are going to suffer from this. Greed and stupidity in our business world is bad enough. We make it worse by our silence.

Professor Saillant of U de Moncton writes a book on the perils of the New Brunswick economy with no mention of this massive and constant theft of our money. Norbert Cunningham slobbers all over the book as if this were the second coming. An Irving gives a very small part of his fortune to a charity (deductible), and the Chamber of Commerce goes into an almost sexual excitement to fete him and kiss his feet at a dinner.

God made some big mistakes in designing humans.
Let's take a look at the reality of these wars we are fighting. Let's take a look at "economic santions" which sound so harmless.
Most of all, let's stop acting as if kissing up to corporations means that goodies will trickle down from the wealthy to us. They won't. They never have, and they won't start now. The idea of creating prosperity in New Brunswick by encouraging big business doesn't work. It never has.

This province, this country, needs governments that govern for the good of all the people. What we have, and have always had, is governments that govern for the good of the rich on the theory it will benefit all of us. It never has. It never will. (But it has put more than a few -ex-premiers into great jobs.)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Oct. 17: The most amazing thing.....

The most amazing thing....

Today's irving press has no news at all in it. What it has is more pictures than even those scandal mags with headlines like "Camilla dances nude in courtyard of Buckingham Palace."

A3 is almost entirely made up of photos of firemen demonstrating how they cut open a car. All the photos look much the same. A4 is over  90% photos of people riding bicycles, each one looking pretty much like the one before. A10 is dominated by almost identical photos of men standing on the riverbank carrying surfboards. I mean - hey, you see one guy standing by a muddy river holding a surfboard, and you've seen 'em all.

Section B, Canada&World, is almost as bad. And, like the others, these are photos that tell us nothing. What's going on?

Well, for openers, it's cheap. Just tell your reporters to take lots and lots of pictures with their cell phones. And all this news that really isn't news keeps the population of New Brunswick in a stupor so people don't ask awkward questions like, "Who are these people with tax havens who don't pay income tax? How much does this cost us? What, if anything, is this province doing about dealing with climate change? What kind of rebates and other gifts do we give to the wealthy of this province in return for their goodness in staying and robbing us? Why wasn't the toxic filth of the railway yard cleaned out BEFORE building the events centre? For New Brunswick, who are the bagmen who visit corporate bosses to get political funding? And what deals to they make in return?"

There is no news in this whole, scumbag newspaper.

And the editor-in-chief of the chain has a master's degree in journalism, I believe. Take a deep breath, and smell the rot.

And New Brunswickers, always eager to conform so Mr. Irving will like them, just sit there and smile at this abuse of them - and their chldren.
Here's a story about the effect of climate change. But (in Scots diaclect), dinna fash -yr-sel'. If the climate were really changing, Mr. Irving would be leading the way in taking action. (He's a great Christian, has his very own church, and is highly thought of by all the saints of the chamber of commerce.) But he hasn't budged. So it can't be happening.
British banks have shut down the bank account of RT (Russia Times), saying it's a propaganda site. So it is. That's why, though I use it, I use it with caution. For that matter, every daily newspaper in North America is a propaganda sheet with the irving press only the most boring one.

Generally, I have found that while its aim is propaganda, Russia Times often tells the truth. In any case, in a free society, it's surely up to me to decide what I want to read - not up to British bankers who are up to their ears in their own propaganda.
Speaking of propaganda The Guardian is not above peddling it. Take this story about a Russian bombing of Aleppo.

1. The U.S. has often killed thousands in bombing raids. Russians kill 13 - and it's a big story. Where are similar stories about U.S. bombing?

2. Despite the garish headline, the story is not confirmed. There is no evidence whatever for it. we have only the word of Syrian 'rebels".
This is something worse than sloppy reporting.
Here's a story about Canada and a Canadian mining company. Now, wouldn't it be nice if the irving press were to do some digging and get the names of prominent Canadians who are major shareholders in this scandalous mining company? Why, we might even know some of them.
Here's a story about a story that has never made the irving press - the protest by native peoples in the U.S. against an oil pipeline. Maybe an editor at irving press will tell a reporter to do some digging on this one.

Nah... no irving editor wants to wake up a dozing province..
A world the irving press never sees. (But don't worry your little head about the wealthy. They have their money safely tucked in tax  havens.) When is our press going to ask questions about those? When are our governments going to show interest in this?
Something you won't see in the irving press.
And, just for the thrill of it, here's an item from the now forbidden Russia Times.
Mr. Obama is such a nice man. Always smiling. Just like that  nice Mr. Trudeau.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Oct. 15: How to spot propaganda 'news'.

Page B5 - irving press "Fresh wave of airstrikes hit Syrian city of Aleppo".
The large photo features an obviously posed boy sitting in the rubble. There's ruin. There's 'dozens' killed (according to  unnamed sources). Food and medicine are running out. Poor president Obama has been at a loss to stem the violence. And who's doing it? It's them there Russians, that's who.

1. the boy in the photo is posed. He's far too neat to be a casualty. And nobody sits on rocks to look around.

2. There's dozens killed. No doubt. That's what happens in bombing. And it happens no matter who is doing the bombing. The U.S. has specialized in carpet bombing of civilians by the million.

3. Food and medecine are running out in Aleppo. True. They've been running out all over Syria for over a year. That's because the U.S. has cut them off. It's done the same to the people of Yemen.

4. Obama is at a loss to stem the violence? Oh? Didn't he start this war? And the one in Yemen? If he's so eager to stem violence, why does he start it?

5. The Russians are bombing jihadist troops (terrorists) which our press prefers to call 'rebels'. Isn't our side supposed to be fighting terrorists, too? Well, it was. but for over a year, the U.S. has been supplying and training the terrorists. It's also been supplying the bombs that kill people in Yemen, and provides the courses for Saudi bombers to drop them.

Oh, and it also helps the terrorists with bombs it drops on Syrian government troops (and civilians.)

There's lots of evil and cruelty in Syria. But this story sees it only on the other side. That's propaganda.
Section A is a collector's item. The story and photo of a local prof who won an award is on A7. A9 has the same story.

A11 has the story with  photo of people walking in socks to raise money. A13 has exactly the same story, and almost the same photo. The only paper I have ever seen this level of editorial incompetence in was also the irving press - and that was two other stories earlier this week.
In his Commentary, Brian Murphy is again everybody's friend with an attack on Trump for being a lout. Trump is, of course. He's also a safe and easy target. Hillary is a mass murderer. Any thoughts on that, Brian baby? Any thoughts on billionaires who hide their profits so they won't have to pay taxes?

No. I didn't think so.
Let's face reality about the U.S. election. The American political and social system, after generations of gross corruption, has collapsed. It's gone; and it's not going to come back. It's over. And it's not just Trump and Hillary. It's the greed and callousness of the very wealthy. It's the corruption of the news media they own.

 The only question is whether it will take the rest of us with it.  (And Canada is much, much closer to the edge than we might think.)
The good news is that the Faith Page doesn't have a sermonette. It's amazing how our churches can accomodate themselves to the behaviour of our wealthy and greedy and murderous - and never mention it or discuss it. Hillary has murdered and refugeed  in the ten of millions. The wealthy of our society hide their tax money while leaving large numbers homeless and hungry. The wealthy also demand cuts to medicare. And the response of the churches? "Jesus loves me yes I know...."

I could wish our clergy would read The Bible and take it seriously.

Most of the churches of Germany supported the Naziis. The churches of Britain, France and Spain supported the vile empires of those countries. The churches of the U.S. supported their country even as it murdered Christians and clergy in South America - not to mention Vietnamese and Iraqis and Libyans and Yemenis and Syrians.
The U.S. has entered a new war (without declaring war), and nobody has even noticed.
This one will sound insane. It is. It will sound like a stretch.  It is not. The U.S. has clearly threatened nuclear war. Russia and China have clearly indicated they will no longer back off.
This is one to take very seriously. Canada does not have a foreign policy. It has rarely had one of its own. Historically, it's policy was to follow the British. Since 1945, it has usually been to follow the U.S. The only  (brief) period in which we had - sort of - a foreign policy of our own was in the Pearson peace-keeping days.

Trudeau is very much a U.S. puppet.
Trade sanctions are an act of war. The US has never declared war on Cuba. It still imposes sanctions on Cuban trade, and it still enforces poverty. So it's not only an act of war; it's an illegal act - a war crime. That's the kind of arbitrary behaviour all of South America gets from the U.S. And Canada is safe only as long as it is good and obedient. That makes Justin an ideal prime minister.
Here's an item in favour of Trump. I don't think it's enough to justify his existence. But it does counter the campaign to elevate Clinton simply by destroying Trump. It's not just Trump who's wrong. It's not just Hillalry who's wrong. This is a general collapse of all ethical and moral standards.
There is not going to be a happy ever after ending in either case.
Virtually all scientists in the world are agreed that climate change is happening, and that it's very, very dangerous for all of us. But billionaires tell us its okay. So who do we listen to?

Propaganda has made us stunningly gullible.
Here's a story about tax havens which are holding something over 2 trillions dollars in U.S. accounts alone. Canada has its own wealthy spongers and whiners. It was, I think, just yesterday that the  irving press carried a story from The Fraser Institute which claimed average Canadians were getting wealthier (even as they were being massively robbed by wealthy Canadians.)
The news we get on Trump is simplistic. Of course, he's a despicable person. But that scarcely explains why so many are ready to vote for him.
One of the great failures of history has been the failure of 'neoliberalism', a  corporation-friendly economic system, to produce prosperity. (Of course, the irving press hasn't yet recognized that it has been a wretched failure.) It's an extreme form of capitalism that has been pimped to us for some 40 years. And it has imposed poverty all over the world.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Oct. 14: An exciting day ---

--for fools.

A private clinic is in court challenging the right of Canadians to receive government medicare. If it wins, that means we go back to the days when most Canadians got no medical care at all. Nor is this the only attack. Expect continuing attacks on medicare. Expect private business to continue attacking medicare. Expect the Liberals and the Conservatives to support private business.
The irving press has carried four, propaganda reports on this in recent days. Two were from the Fraser Institute, and two pretended to be news reports. All four were in praise of cutting medicare, and switching to private health care.

Yesterday, Trudeau warned the European Union it had better sign a current trade deal with Canada and the U.S. You're wondering what's in the deal? So am I. It's been over a year since the deal was arranged - and nobody has yet told us what's in it. (But corporations know, and they have lobbyists working on it.)

In the same way,     Trudeau is waving the flag for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal that would allow corporation to hide even more money than they do now, and would allow them to sue us if we do terrible things like protecting our environment and the whole planet from destruction.

We'be been told nothing about this one, either.  Here's an e mail I received on it.---------It concerns Canada - but is also -true of the U.S.

This is not your ordinary email. This is an email to update you on what’s going on with the TPP this fall, and to bring you into the loop about how we’re going to work together to beat it.

2,266. Two thousand, two hundred and sixty six. That’s how many communications lobbyists have registered with government to lobby on trade since the last election.[1]

Many of the most active lobbyists -- representing Big Pharma, the mining industry, and fracking companies -- admit that the TPP is one of their top priorities. [2]

The worst lobbyist of them all? Lone Pine Resources, the fracking company that’s suing Canada for millions under NAFTA because Quebec banned fracking, has met with government officials 13 times in the past 6 months. [3]

And those are only the ones we know about. A recent freedom of information request revealed that fracking companies have been secretly communicating with the government on trade since November; meeting and exchanging notes with the government without logging them in the lobbying registry.  [4]

In other words, we actually don’t know the full extent of corporate lobbying efforts on the TPP. What we do know is that it seems to be working, since Trade Minister Freeland is “edging towards public endorsement of the TPP.” [5]

You might be asking: “Wait-- what?!? What the heck is going on??”

Over the past few weeks there have been a bunch of big developments on the TPP, and all signs are pointing to a decision coming down the pipe very, very soon.

Why this fall matters: TPP update and current political context

1. Global Affairs Canada -- which houses the office of International Trade -- just released its study on the TPP and it wholeheartedly endorses TPP’s ratification. [6]

The report, which emerged two weeks ago could easily have languished on the government’s website, a victim of the “Friday night dump” perfected by Harper’s Conservatives -- but instead it was publically released in what analysts are saying is laying the groundwork for TPP ratification. Why else flag for the media an internal Global Affairs Canada study that fully supports ratification? [7]

2. The US election: President Obama spent his summer shoring up support for TPP from members of Congress, while he and his trade representatives have been meeting with other governments pushing for the TPP’s swift ratification in those countries.[8-9]

The scoop is that Obama is getting ready to ratify TPP after the election, but before a new President takes office -- so either in November or early December. This is because both Trump and Clinton are opposed to the deal and Obama wants to get it ratified while he can. For whatever reason, the TPP has become a legacy project for Obama, and he’s been pressuring the Liberal government to join it since they were elected last year. [10]

If Obama ratifies the TPP in November, political analysts are saying Canada will soon follow suit unless the Liberals feel like there will be a massive public backlash.[11]

3. CETA, or the Canada-EU Trade Agreement - what we like to call the TPP’s dangerous cousin - is slated to be signed at the end of October. The Trudeau Liberals have never been on the fence about CETA; they have been staunchly in favour since taking office.[12-13]

The government has never promised TPP-style consultations to help decide whether or not we should ratify, even though CETA includes toxic ISDS mechanisms, and will have similar impacts on our jobs, medicine prices, and policy making.

With an October approval date for CETA, it’s very possible that approving CETA is one small step for the Liberals to placate business interests and one giant leap in the direction of ratifying TPP.

4. TPP consultations are winding down. The Parliamentary Trade Committee’s hearings (which many of you spoke out at) have concluded, and it’s closing down its written submissions inbox on the 31st. With the consultation era winding down this month, we’re getting ready for an era of big decisions from this government. We need to ramp up the pressure, and be ready for whatever comes our way.
With TPP consultations wrapping up in mere weeks, lobbyists revving their engines, the US election under a month away, and our government already inching towards ratification with its impact study -- the decision on TPP is coming down the pipe and it’s going to happen fast.

We need to be ready, which means we need to build now.

The Plan, crafted thanks to you

The only chance we have to stop this thing in the fall is through a massive, strategic public mobilization. Back in July we asked you what kinds of things we should be prioritizing for a fall TPP campaign. We took your feedback, did a ton of research into the context, and put our collective heads together to come up with a powerful, strategic, and people-powered campaign to win. Here it is:

We need to make the TPP so politically toxic for the Liberals that they’ll feel scared to ratify it. We need to show the new government that ratifying the TPP would be a game-changing betrayal of trust for hundreds of thousands of progressive voters -- one that will follow them all the way to the ballot box in 2019.

To do this, we need to get thousands of people into the streets, and amplify a diversity of opposition in a hard-hitting media strategy. We need to make the case that the TPP is a bad deal for Canada, and that the public won’t stand for anything short of a rejection. We want to:

Work with partners at other organizations to organize national-scale rallies as well as local actons in strategic Liberals ridings to make our opposition impossible to ignore
Flood mainstream media with a diversity of voices opposing this deal, from farmers and environmentalists, to workers and issue experts
Launch a national ad blitz highlighting TPP's various impacts and how it conflicts with Trudeau's key promises - from First Nations relations, to climate action, to middle class growth and jobs.
Stage big, creative stunts to get much needed media attention on the TPP and the public's growing opposition
Pro-TPP forces including the biggest corporate lobbyists want us -- need us --- to be silent.

The math is pretty straightforward: with enough numbers and enough noise, we can make this campaign explode in the next 3 months, and shift the political calculus for the new government on the dangerous, costly, and lopsided TPP.

Time and again, the Leadnow community has come together to push back against shady corporate power grabs disguised as trade deals. While we lost some of the battles under Harper, this time is different. This time we have a government that will respond to public pressure if it’s strong enough to make them fear losing the progressives they need to maintain their good standing as well as their seats.

Now more than ever, we need to keep building our movement. A few of us taking action might not make a difference, but if we all came together, we could tip the scales and make sure that the voices of the many people calling for lasting progress are stronger than the powerful interests working behind the scenes to maintain the power of the few.

Together we can win, and only if we do it together. Please stay tuned for ways to get involved in our exciting fall campaign.

Let's do this!

Brittany, Jolan, Fatin, Logan and Jamie on behalf of the entire Leadnow team

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[3] Lone Pine, Company Suing Canada Over Quebec's Fracking Ban, Aggressively Lobbying in Ottawa:; Lone Pine Resources Lobby log

[4] ‘Secret Lobbying is Legal’ if You Know Which Loopholes to Exploit, Says Democracy Watchdog,

[5] With one eye on the U.S. position, Liberals edge toward public endorsement of TPP deal;

[6] Global Affairs Canada: Economic Impact of Canada’s Potential Participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement;

[7] With one eye on the U.S. position, Liberals edge toward public endorsement of TPP deal,

[8] TPP in the spotlight for Lee

[9] Obama readies for one last push on TPP,

[10] Obama says Caanda-US will soon be signatories to TPP,

[11] With one eye on the U.S. position, Liberals edge toward public endorsement of TPP deal,

[12] Canada gets clarity on how EU will ratify trade deal,

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Or you can continue to count on your good friends in the irving press to keep you fully informed as always. But there is nothing worth reading for either Oct. 13 or 14. Oct. 13 is particularly disgusting for a lying commentary by the Fraser Institute. Even worse is the failure of the irving press to even mention the biggest refugee crisis in history, a crisis created by business greed, and one that will  create instability, misery and death all over the world for generations to come.
Today, a change of approach. I'll talk about the world war we are in - and have been in for a hundred and fifty years. Yes. World Wars   1 and 2  (and 3) are all the same war.

Before these wars, the  major western powers - especially Britain, France, the U.S. Spain - with Canada's help - had been busy stealing other people's land and resources  in order to make their  wealthy even wealthier. They called this national empire-building. But it wasn't national. It was entirely for the benefit of a small number of capitalists (sorry - entrepreneurs). Then came the shock.
From 1850 to 1871, Bismarck of Prussia united the German states into a nation of Germany. The threat was clear.

A united Germany would have the industrial and military power to compete with and even to challenge the capitalists of Britain and France - and the motive to move in on their empires. Churchill never  says so directly in his History of the English-speaking Peoples. But this is the challenge that would preoccupy him for life. And this is why he was so anxious to unite the English-speaking peoples of Britain, its empire, and the U.S.  This is why, even in the Sherlock Holmes stories, Sherlock yearned for the reunification of Britain and the U.S.This is why why Britain wanted Canadians to take part in the Boer War though it had nothing to do with Canada.

This was the root cause of World War One. This is  why Britain and France allied for the war. (It certainly wasn't because of any love those two countries had for each other.) The war was triggered by the massive armies and assembly and train schedules that had become necessary  But neither they nor an archduke was the cause. The cause was German rivalry in the old boys' club.

Of course, we invented hatreds and sympathies to rally citizens to the war. The Germans were cruel. Tiny Belgium was brave. (In fact,   tiny Belgium is the country whose capitalists had murdred, tortured, enslaved millions in Congo - a task now carried out   by Americans, Canadians and Europeans. Read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.)

The U.S. took its time about entering World War 1.  At last, it did enter, but it was hardly to help anybody. Britain and France owed the U.S. heavily for war supplies. That meant that a British and French loss would be a disaster for U.S. business. Besides, entry into the war would give the U.S. a seat at the peace table - and possibly a share in the booty.

World War Two was really the same war - for the same purpose. And it followed much the same lines - but with modifications. World War 2 gave the U.S. its biggest chance to grab the empires of Britain and France for itself. That was particularly true or the Asian empires - mostly China. But Japan was the one capitalizing on European weakness. That's why the U.S. cut off Japan's oil supply - to provoke a Japanese response  (and getting a bigger one than had been planned for.)

(No. We did not go to war to save the Jews. On the contrary, neither Europe nor Canada nor the U.S. gave a damn about the Jews. We all discriminated against them. We all refused to offer them any help before, during or after the war. We may have forgotten that. Israel has not - which might help to explain its sometime difficult behaviour.)

It was clear that the British and French empires would be severaly weakened by the war. Then the U.S. could grab the middle east, China, French IndoChina (Vietnam) and that dream of dreams, a universal American empire.
The British and French were actually warned NOT to retake their old, Asian empires. These were to be gifts to American puppets.

Well, some of this worked. Europe, especially Britain,  has pretty much been forced to become a part of the American empire.  But much of hasn't worked. Thus the wars that have followed in  Vietnam, the hostility to China, the invasions of the middle east, the hatred of Cuba for breaking free, the destruction of democracy in Haiti....)

The U.S. has also learned that the American public will not accept huge casualty lists. That was the lesson of Vietnam. That's why it now uses others to fight its wars as much as possible - others  from Britain,  for example, from Canada, and even from ISIS and other groups it pretends to be fighting against.
The partners change. But the dance goes on. We are still in World War One. And that means we have betrayed all that we told our people they were fighting for in the years leading up to now.

There are no limits to greed. There is no 'enough'.  And the only end to war can come in the silence of a nuclear winter.  'We'  have to stop this because 'they' never will.
Is this terrible?

Of course it is. But think. How often have you read such critical stories about the U.S. bombing hospitals and civilians in general? (Yet the U.S. has been the world leader in such killing.)
One of the examples of  Canadian mining companies that are so 'kind' to workers.
North American would never accept a military/police state? Better tell the U.S. army.
A bite of reality.
Foood from super-corporations----something for our hospitals to look forward to? No, just greed, and its utter indifference to human need.
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is being intensely bombed and deliberately starved by Saudia Arabia. (No-one seems quite sure why.)

 The U.S. has supplied the bombs to destroy Yemen. It has also supplied bombing and other military iniformation  to help Saudi kill men, women and children of Yemen. And it has assisted in making sure that no medical supplies or food reach Yemen.

Yesterday, a missile fired from Yemen missed an American destroyer. Nobody is sure who fired it. But the U.S. has acted, anyway.
And the RAF has been given a green light to shoot at Russian aircraft.

Guess what would happen then.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Oct. 12: An angry day

A couple of nights ago, I caught the last scene of the film "A Tale of Two Cities". This is Dickens' view of the French revolution  , a view in which the dignified members of the French aristocracy are led to public execution by beheading - while the ignorant poor watch in laughter and jeers.

The last man to die in the film is Sydney Carton, a young Englishman who had devoted himself to saving those dignified aristocrats from the ignorant mob.  "I go to a far, far better place than I have ever been...."

The story is more than a little one-sided.

The French aristocracy had long been devoted only to their own lives of mindless pleasure. The kings, beginning with   Louis XIV, insisted on their presence at the Versaille Court where they were required to  live high, to constantly party , to spend.... It was his way of ensuring they would always be under his control.

The peasantry had to support that high living with constant labour to earn foul housing, little food, extreme punishment, no education,  and short lives.

So why are they the peasants and working class the  bad guys in A Tale of Two Cities?

It's because that tale, quite unconciously, was written as a piece of propaganda. And propaganda is easy because it's often based on what people want to believe.
The French revolution was a threat to the British aristocracy because it might encourage a similar (and well-deserved) rising in Britain. It was also a threat to the business leaders of Britain who were closely associated with the aristocracy. The French peasantry and working class, then, were evil. Yes, they were. And the aristocracy were dignified. Yes, they were.

All this was mixed together by a British writer, Charles Dickens, who had not been born into wealth, and had usually been critical of the wealthy. But there was another factor at play.

The French were, well, French, and therefore inferior to the English. That made the French peasantry and working class inferior to the English one and, by easy transfer, made the French aristocracy more like the fine model of the English aristocracy.

Here was a propaganda that caught on because it was what people wanted to believe. Here was a model for the American election campaign of 2016.
Here was a model for modern news media owned by billionaires.
I have also been watching a similar case in TV news of Haiti in its storm damage and deaths. Over a thousand have died - and there will be many, many more as cholera spreads. Of course, so many have died. Look at those fragile,  tin sheds they live in. Look at those crowded "residential" areas where there are no fresh water systems. And the cholera? Well, most of those places have no sewage, either. These are ghettos of filth and poverty.  They have been for centuries of western looting that deprived Haiti of living salaries, of education, of health services - and it has been particularly dreadful since the U.S. took over control about a century ago, allowing American, Canadian, European business aristocrats to exploit the poverty of Haiti.

All of this was controlled by U.S. appointed dictators who tortured and murdered anyone who objected to living in filth and hunger and hopelessnes. And who often tortured, murdered, raped for the fun of it.

Then Haitians held an election, and overthrew the the dictators, and democratically elected their own president. American politicans and business leaders were furious. They denounced the new president as evil, evil, evil....
The propaganda was easy  to spread in the U.S. because Haitians were black. It was an interpretation that, like all good propaganda, the average American wanted to believe. So it was easy for the U.S. government, with Canadian help, to overthrow the president while pretending to help Haiti, and to reinstall a just pretend democracy.

In the earthquake that coincided with the American overthrow of the president of Haiti, The U.S. sent lots of aid - very little of which ever reached Haiti because it got stuck in the pockets of American contractors. The same thing seems to be starting to happen this time, too.

The same was done for the same reason to Cuba. When Castro overthrew the dictator, he was instantly evil, evil, evil.... He was so evil, he made free schooling freely available to everyone all the way through university. He established the health care that Cubans had never had before.

 But there was still severe suffering because the U.S. virtually killed Cuban trade with  sanctions. (Sanctions, by the way are an act of war. The U.S. did not declare war. Nor did it have a legal reason to declare war. That means the sanctions were war crimes. But the U.S. and Canadian media never mentioned that.)

Now, check out the death toll on the American seaboard. It's not a thousand. No. It's 33. And that's odd. After all, the American population in that region is twice that of Haiti. So why the more than 35 times as high death toll in Haiti?

Look at those tin shacks in Haiti built by centuries of exploitation by the wealthy, and made worse by American business interference Think of what lack of drinking water and of sewage mean. Surrounded by big talk, the relief will be very limited and slow.

And it's not going to change. And we aren't going to do much about it. Our private news media will make sure of that, feeding us the propaganda version we want to believe.

The US has no trouble raising trillions to kill Syrians and Libyans and Iraqis and Afghanis. But not enough to be of much use to help an island just off its coast.
And if the CBC investigages too noisily, the Trudeau government will punish it.
The irvinig press? Today's burning issue for the editorial is whether the public should share in choosing a name for the events centre. Then there's the usual propanda piece from the Fraser institute. The rest is worse than trivia.

Oh, and there's nothing about the CBC news story of yesterday that further studies of the Bahama papers reveal that thousands of Canada's wealthy hide their profits there - with the close help of leading Canadian banks.  Every year, we are robbed of tens of billions of dollars (at least), not to mention the gifts our  governments hand out to the wealthy. That's one reason we can't house the homeless or feed the hungry. That's why we offer an unlivable minimum wage. That's why the Liberals in Ottawa plan to cut health services.  But not a word about it in most of our news media.

We aren't going to get much more news about it. Dominic will be called in to his real master for a chat to get  his marching orders on this. And that will be it.

Oh, and the chambers of commerce will hold more, expensive dinners honouring 'philanthropists', and going 'Clap, clap, clap...'
Now, here's an interesting article about wealthy 'philanthropists'. "Clap, clap, clap", say the the chambers of commerce.
Here's a British story that looks like news. But is it?

The Americans and the British created the war in Syria. They have been supplying ISIS and other "terrorists' who have been murdering Syrians. Russia has been concentrating on bombing the  ' terrorists'.

So why is Russia the evil one - and the US and Britain the great humanitarian states? Shouldn't that question be part of the story?
Where have the virtuous Obama and Hillary been in all these years that Bill Clinton has been groping women? News should be the whole news.
Here's another example of a Guardian news story which is really a propaganda story. All of its sources are unreliable - and it ignores the killing by the U.S. funded and supplied Jihadists.

Americans don't deliberately kill civilians. No. Never. The carpet bombing of cities, the use of Agent Orange and napalm, the cutting off of almost all food and medical aid to all Syrians - no. That's all aimed at the military only.
And here's one of a former Canadian P.M. who bravely speaks out about the sins of Donald Trump, but who served happily under one of Canada's most provenly corrupt prime ministers - and neither she nor her party (nor Liberals) have ever mentioned it.

A prominent Montreal news commentator actually built his career on being a booster for Brian Mulroney - and was very careful to dance around the corruption issue.
I would suggest reading all of Information clearing house for today. It leans, of course, to criticism of the U.S. What else can it do? It's not the whole news. It's filling in the news our regular media don't carry - and to the lies they tell.
It also had this light one on Obama the Pure and lewdness. It's a video of him displaying an erection to entertain female jounalists.
Karl Nerenberg is one of the best journalists in the business. Here, he criticizes Trump for his ignorant attacks on Canadian medicare.

Too bad Canada has a prime minister, a Conservative opposition (and many news media) whose views resemble those of Trump.
I should think Hillary Clinton, Justin Trudeau, and Stephen Harper would make a happy combo.

And their commentator could be Norbert Cunningham who probably believes the nonsense he writes about how billionaires create wealth for all of us.
The creation of death.
There's lots more but this is enough for a day. Bin thinkin' about Saturday. Maybe a good day to discuss the Faith Page, and the role the churches have played in all this. Can you think of a commandment that says "Thou shalt be patriotic"? Why isn't there one?